“The variety of energetic COVID-19 instances stays excessive in our space, and native hospitals are feeling the pressure,” mentioned Dr. Gary Tempo.
Tempo mentioned each of Lake County’s hospitals are at capability most days. The state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economic system locations Lake County within the Northern California area, which as of Friday had a 27.5-percent intensive care unit mattress availability.
The opposite areas within the blueprint are all under 15 p.c capability, which means they continue to be beneath regional keep at dwelling orders.
Public Well being departments statewide reported a complete of two,621,215 instances and 29,238 deaths as of Friday evening.
In Lake County, Public Well being reported that instances on Friday totaled 2,120, with one other demise, bringing the full to 26. Fifteen folks at the moment are hospitalized.
“With the virus widespread in our communities, you might be prone to keep up a correspondence with people who find themselves contagious any time you might be out in public. Go to shops early in morning or late, when the numbers of individuals are a lot decrease. Earn a living from home, if attainable. Keep away from socializing with folks outdoors of your family for the following few weeks,” Tempo mentioned.
He added that, if all of us take these steps, “the present surge ought to begin happening by the top of the month.”
Extra vaccine arrives
The primary and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine for 975 residents have been obtained by means of the Well being Division, and 900 doses of the Moderna vaccine, Tempo mentioned. One other 500 doses have been obtained through group healthcare companions.
“Over half of the preliminary doses have been administered in simply three weeks, regardless of overlap with holidays and COVID instances surging,” Tempo mentioned. “We’re working exhausting to make sure Lake County residents get each dose we are able to entry.”
He mentioned getting as many individuals vaccinated as attainable will permit us to renew a extra regular rhythm of life.
Tempo mentioned folks continuously ask Public Well being once they can get the vaccine.
Public Well being is at the moment managing an unknown provide schedule, which incorporates about 300 vaccine doses per week – “not practically sufficient,” Tempo mentioned – and establishing the infrastructure to offer the vaccine to the group, together with outreach to medical companions and pharmacies.
State guidelines determine the priority, with the primary tier, Part 1a, together with well being care employees and residents of expert nursing amenities, assisted dwelling amenities and comparable long-term care settings for older or medically weak people.
This week, the California Division of Public Well being issued updated recommendations for shifting by means of the vaccine phases and tiers, encouraging native well being departments and well being care suppliers to instantly administer COVID-19 vaccines to people in all tiers of Part 1a with the intention to cut back the potential for vaccine wastage.
Tempo mentioned that Part 1a will likely be completed by the top of subsequent week, apart from nursing dwelling residents, who will likely be vaccinated by means of a partnership with pharmacies within the coming weeks.
He mentioned these 75 years and older and a few important employees will obtain the vaccine subsequent; the purpose is to do these vaccinations the week of Jan. 18.
“Lecturers and college workers who’ve contact with children will likely be prioritized, within the curiosity of getting faculties open as quickly as attainable,” he mentioned. “As soon as this plan is functioning, we’ll increase to childcare employees and important employees in meals and agriculture.”
At Thursday night’s Clearlake Metropolis Council assembly, Metropolis Supervisor Alan Flora informed the council about efforts to arrange vaccination clinics within the metropolis. The Clearlake Neighborhood Heart is predicted to host the clinics in weeks to return.
Tempo mentioned extra details about the upcoming steps within the vaccination effort will likely be out there subsequent week.